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Port Spotlight: St. Maarten

Port Spotlight: St. Maarten

It’s one of the only places in the world that is spelled two ways and it provides visitors the opportunity to enjoy three distinct cultures. Sixty percent of the island of Saint Martin is French, 40 percent of St. Maarten is Dutch and the whole island enjoys a Caribbean flavor. When we call there on our Caribbean itineraries, guests are treated to a port that offers everything … sun, sand, surf and shopping!

For those who want a truly unique and thrilling experience, the America’s Cup Regatta tour is the one to book. Guests compete in an actual race around a shortened America’s Cup course and are invited to “work the boat.” The experienced crew provides all the guidance you need to grind a winch, trim a sail, punch a stopwatch or take the helm and “drive” the race boat. Or you can just sit back, relax and enjoy the experience.

Holland America Line offers several cruises that call at this beautiful Caribbean port, from seven-day eastern Caribbean itineraries to longer, 42-day adventure sailings.

Guests enjoying the America’s Cup Regatta tour.

Guests enjoying the America’s Cup Regatta tour.

Guests enjoying the America’s Cup Regatta tour.

Guests enjoying the America’s Cup Regatta tour.

Maasdam alongside at St. Maarten.

Maasdam alongside at St. Maarten.

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